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But while the ingredients are the same, Ballard and Palahniuk bake at completely different temperatures. Unlike his British counterpart, who tends to cast his American protagonists in a chilly light, holding them close enough to dissect but far enough away to eliminate any possibility of kinship, Palahniuk isn't happy unless he's first-person front and center, completely entangled in the whole sordid mess. An intensely psychological novel that never runs the risk of becoming clinical, Fight Club is about both the dangers of loyalty and the dreaded weight of leadership, the desire to band together and the compulsion to head for the hills. In short, it's about the pride and horror of being an American, rendered in lethally swift prose. Fight Club's protagonist might occasionally become foggy about who he truly is (you'll see what I mean), but one thing is for certain: you're not likely to forget the book's author. Never mind Ballardesque. Palahniukian here we come! --Bob Michaels --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This is a fabulous book written in a very unique style.
After Invisible Monsters, it seems like Palahniuk is just retreading the same ideas and style of prose with new characters and story.
I love the movies, don't get me wrong, but there is so much more you can get out of a good book, and Chuck is like that.
My fave movie and one of my fave books. Do not read this book expecting it to be like the movie. The movie was a bit more tame. Look at these things like two different entities.Published 16 minutes ago by Jacquelyne V. Tallackson
I always enjoyed the movie, but never made time for the book. A definite MUST read.
Would be an excellent choice for young men that are not interested in reading.